He’s one of the only humans at work — and he loves it

Publication Title
The Washington Post
Publication/Creation Date
September 10 2018
The Washington Post (creator)
Danielle Paquette (creator)
Zou Rui (contributor)
Richard Liu (contributor)
JD.com (contributor)
Martin Ford (contributor)
Peter Yu (contributor)
Persuasive Intent
SHANGHAI —Inside a warehouse the size of seven football fields, hundreds of robots pack roughly 200,000 boxes each day and ship them to customers across China. Four humans babysit. 

One is Zou Rui, 25, a soft-spoken engineer who stands for much of his eight-hour shift in New Balance sneakers, monitoring a milky-white mechanical arm. It plunges up and down like a pecking chicken, grabbing parcels with a suction-cupped hand and dropping them into containers on a conveyor belt.
HCI Platform
Location on Body
Entire Body

Date archived
September 26 2018
Last edited
March 28 2019
How to cite this entry
The Washington Post, Danielle Paquette. (September 10 2018). "He’s one of the only humans at work — and he loves it". The Washington Post. Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/index.php/Detail/objects/3230